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Onigamiden - Legend of the Millennium Dragon (2011)

Onigamiden (original title)
A 15-year-old boy goes 1200 years back in time to find his unlikely destiny as the savior to end the war between humans and demons.

Director:

Hirotsugu Kawasaki

Writers:

Takafumi Takada (based on the novel by), Naruhisa Arakawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenshô Ono Kenshô Ono ... Jun Tendô (voice) (as Kensho Ono)
Satomi Ishihara ... Mizuha (voice)
Takashi Kondô Takashi Kondô ... (voice)
Shôtarô Morikubo ... (voice)
Kentarô Itô Kentarô Itô ... Kinta (voice)
Yasuyuki Kase Yasuyuki Kase ... (voice)
Sôsuke Komori Sôsuke Komori ... (voice)
Masaaki Tsukada Masaaki Tsukada ... (voice)
Ryuji Aigase Ryuji Aigase ... (voice)
Shunsuke Sakuya Shunsuke Sakuya ... Kishin (voice)
Kenta Miyake Kenta Miyake ... Sanjin (voice)
Kanako Tôjo Kanako Tôjo ... Hishin (voice)
Chikara Oosaka Chikara Oosaka ... Doshin (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa Ikuo Nishikawa ... (voice)
Akio Nojima Akio Nojima ... (voice)
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A 15-year-old boy goes 1200 years back in time to find his unlikely destiny as the savior to end the war between humans and demons.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Millennium Dragon See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$965,853
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Calles de fuego (2011) See more »

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An Anime for The Younger Set
17 July 2011 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Jun is an ordinary middle-school boy, except for his unusual birthmark which takes the form of a dragon on his chest. Because of that birthmark, he is abruptly whisked back in time, to the medieval Heian era. That era is remembered for being a peaceful time, but in fact humans, led by sorcerer Gen'un and warrior Raiko, are battling demons called the Oni, and Jun has been summoned back to awaken and control the legendary dragon, Orochi, in the fight. But the humans and the Oni are not quite what they seem, and both sides are desperate to enlist Jun, and Orochi, to their cause in this long-running conflict. Jun, however, is uncertain where the truth lies amid all the contradictory information he receives from each side, and he thinks maybe the best thing to do is simply to stop the fighting....

This anime film reminded me a good bit of YA fantasy novels, or perhaps novels for a slightly younger (say, 9-12) set, in that Jun is a typical Everyboy who must fight his insecurities and doubts to become the hero (indeed, Gen'un constantly calls him "Saviour") he is meant to be in a fantasy realm before he can return to his own time, having grown stronger and wiser in the process. Each frame of this film is hand-drawn, and some of the imagery is quite beautiful, while the supernatural battle scenes are quite epic in scope. Not a film to think about very hard after viewing, but an eye-pleasing spectacle to watch.


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